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Date: 6/29/12 0:26 AM

hello i am having some trouble with my fabric and my iron the fabric i am using is a cotton/poly I thought it was 100% cotton when i bought it but it made me wonder when it melted so i did the burn test *according to burn test* and when i use my mini iron it melts instant but if i use my big iron on the highest setting with steam it doesn't damage it at all. What am I doing wrong? or What can I do to prevent this before i mess up more fabric

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Date: 6/29/12 0:43 AM

I would say use your big iron and not the mini iron...but if you must use the mini iron, use a press cloth over your fabric.

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Date: 6/30/12 10:08 AM

Can you set the mini iron to a lower temperature? (I down own one, so do not know if they have one temp only.)

Aside from melting and ruining your fabric, the polyester is outgassing while this is happening and you are breathing in that stuff. It's a health hazard whether people realize it, or not. Ask me how I know . . .
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Date: 6/30/12 10:26 AM

Sounds like the temperature on the mini iron is just too hot. Stick with the regular iron. I would test on a scrap piece of fabric. Set the iron on the lowest temp and work up until you get the pressing results you need. Write down that setting for future use. If you can't get it to press without melting you may have to top stitch or something else to get it to lay flat.

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Date: 6/30/12 10:26 AM

Any chance the fabric actually includes some nylon?

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Date: 7/2/12 1:38 AM

Karla that i don't know if it does or not i did a burn test it told me its cotton/poly but i tell you what i am hating this fabric it is fraying like there is no tomorrow and the melting problem and it rips like no other when i take a stitch out i am glad to be just about done with this fabric

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Date: 7/2/12 1:40 AM

that's what i was thinking maybe it was to high but i try the low and it just wasn't doing much so i stuck to my big iron little disappointing got mini iron just for my birthdaybut there will be other times :)

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